Posts Tagged ‘funeral’

Al Arabiya: ‘Damascus regime finished but government cleansed city from insurgents’

July 20th, 2012 Comments off
‘Church of the Cross, Damascus- Funeral of Defense Minister Dawood Rajiha’

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The Suleiman Funeral and the Problem of Who Will Attend

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

Today’s death of ‘Omar Suleiman, the Egyptian intelligence chief and, briefly., Vice President, has created something of a protocol quandary. He was, after all, Vice President of the country, in fact the only Vice President it has had since Husni Mubarak ascended to the Presidency. He also heald the rank of Major General in the Armed Forces, so he is of course being accorded a military funeral (tomorrow) and, unsurprisingly, Field Marshal Tantawi will attend.

But what about President Morsi? ‘Omar Suleiman’s record as an intelligence chief is mostly sealed, but of one thing he never made any secret: he was the inveterate foe of the Muslim Brotherhood, jailing them at home and working against their ally Hamas abroad. Will the Muslim Brothjerhood President attend the funeral of the man known for jailing Brotherhood members. (Morsi himself has spent short prisons in jail, though not the years of many of his colleagues.)

Early indications are, no: someone from the Presidential office will represent Morsi at the funeral. This could change, but it is the sort of awkward problem likely to crop up during Egypt’s transition. When Mubarak dies, the fact that he was convicted of a crime and imprisoned might mean a low-key funeral. But Suleiman is an ex-Vice President, with no convictions, though there was speculation he might have left Egypt to live in the Gulfs when he left the country after Morsi’s election.

And of course the conspiracy theorists are out in force, as is to be expected for a man with a spooky background like Suleiman’s. Either the US did him in (after all, this week’s conspiracy, as Hillary Clinton learned, is that the US is promoting the Muslim Brotherhood), or he actually died in the bombing in Damascus! 

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Suicide bomber kills 15 Shiite mourners in Iraq

June 20th, 2012 Comments off

BAGHDAD In another bloody attack in Iraq, a man wearing an explosives belt detonated it amid a group of Shiite mourners at a funeral in Diyala Province on Monday, killing at least 15 people.
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Funeral blast kills 15 in Iraq

June 19th, 2012 Comments off

A suicide bombing kills at least 15 people at a funeral in Iraq, officials say, in the latest of a wave of attacks targeting Iraq’s Shias.
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Iraq: Suicide bombing kills 15 at Shiite funeral

June 18th, 2012 Comments off

A local health official says 15 Iraqis have been killed and 40 wounded in a suicide bombing northeast of Baghdad that targeted a funeral for a Shiite tribal leader.
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Egyptian man wakes up at his own funeral

May 13th, 2012 Comments off

The funeral of a 28-year-old waiter in southern Egypt turned into a celebration when the "dead" body they were burying woke up.
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Bahrainis clash with police at funeral (Reuters)

November 5th, 2011 Comments off

Anti-government protesters make barricades on road to stop riot police from entering during a demonstration after a funeral procession at Daih village, Manama, November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Hamad I MohammedReuters – Thousands of Bahraini Shi’ites clashed with security forces on Friday during the funeral of a man opposition group Wefaq said died after a police assault, witnesses said.

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New Egypt: the funeral of Khalid Abdun-Nasser

September 18th, 2011 Comments off
It was significant that Nasser’s son, Khalid,’s funeral was very well attended.  It was very significant that Tantawi and Anan both attended.  It was their first time together since the fall of Mubarak, if I am not mistaken.

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Tantawi Leads Khalid Nasser Funeral

September 16th, 2011 Comments off

Supreme Council of the Armed Forces leader Field Marshal Tantawi has led the funeral of Khalid Abdel Nasser, who died yesterday.

No, the effective ruler of Egypt does not attend the funeral of every civil engineering professor who dies, especially those once tried for sedition. But at a time when the military is under a lot of criticism, evoking the Nasser era may be a tactical move. Note this photo of the funeral from The Daily News Egypt:

Though I’ll admit, there aren’t that many young people in the crowd.

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Syrian troops kill funeral attendees

May 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Syrian security forces have killed and wounded people attending a funeral in Syria.
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